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The rubber hits the road when good ideas are transformed into actionable projects. We’ve been fortunate to be part of initiatives that have trail blazed new strategies for facilitating social change. And just as we’re committed to turning ideas into action, we’re committed to sharing the models we’ve developed as a way of propelling change in communities around the world. All of these materials are under the creative commons license... which ultimately means that we want to hear how you are using them... it makes us feel good.

Shared Spaces for Social Innovation

The Centre for Social Innovation has a mission to catalyze, support, and inspire social innovation. But along the way we’ve learned a thing or two about building community workspaces! The shared space model is the springboard for all of our work, and the social enterprise that underpins our operations. We’ve been deluged by requests from people and organizations across the globe who are eager to develop their own shared spaces, so we created the Shared Spaces for Social Innovation book series and this article on Building Social Entrepreneurship through the Power of Coworking, as our way of revealing just about everything we’ve learned about shared workspaces. 

Community Bonds

They say necessity is the mother of invention. The Centre for Social Innovation was dealing with some necessity of its own when we were facing the $6.5 million purchase of the CSI Annex building! As an organization with almost no accumulated surplus, we knew that creativity would be key making the project a success. So we brought together some incredibly bright minds and conceived of the Community Bond – an innovation in social finance that allows regular citizens to purchase RRSP-eligible bonds in support of the CSI Annex project. The Community Bonds website is your source for everything you need to know to replicate this innovation.

Constellation Model of Governance

The Constellation Model of Governance is a framework for collaboration amongst a variety of partners. Borrowing insights and tools from complexity science and the Internet, the Constellation Model is a strategy for pursuing social change in a dynamic universe. We’ve employed the model with a handful of projects including the Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment, the Ontario Nonprofit Network, and the Frontline Partners with Youth network. We have also watched as others have adapted the model for their own multi-organization collaborations. We've published several resources on how you can adapt the Constellation Model to your own projects